Volume 95, Issue 51

Friday, November 30, 2001
 
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Chapters CEO bans Hitler's Mein Kampf

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff


The head of Chapters does not want to read Hitler's Mein Kampf and she is not about to let any of her customers read it either.

Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc. – which owns all Indigo and Chapters outlets – said Wednesday she is banning Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf as a piece of "hate literature," confirmed company spokeswoman Tracy Nesdoly.

"It's hatred and we don't want it in our stores," Nesdoly said, adding the book will also be unavailable online or through special order.

Stephen Klein, owner of Wendell Holmes Bookshops Ltd. in London, said he does not agree with Reisman's decision.

"I have Mein Kampf in stock deliberately and my father kept it in stock deliberately," Klein said, noting his family is Jewish and feels the book is an important piece of historical literature.

Klein said there is so much inaccurate information available through sources like the Internet that people need to be able to reach an exact, historical source for clarification.

"I have the utmost respect for Heather Reisman, but this may come down to a lack of experience," he said. "She might not have known we've all been selling it forever."

Western history professor Jonathan Vance said it is unfortunate Reisman chose to make such a political statement by taking the book off the shelves, noting she could have found a much more effective way to express her views.

"The publisher is going to love this – it's priceless publicity," Vance said.

Vance said it is intolerant and short-sighted for Reisman to ban the book, noting the text has extensive historical importance. "One can't understand the Nazi era without understanding Mein Kampf – it is a most important text," he said.




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